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Jun 22 08:59

Nigeria will pass US as third most populated country by 2050

The world's population is growing.. and quickly!

In just the next seven years, India, which now has 1.3 billion people is expected to overtake China as the most populous country in the world.

According to a United Nations report, by 2050, Nigeria, now the seventh largest country is projected to pass the U.S. population of around 326 million people as the third most populated.

Director of the Economic and Social Affairs' Population Division, John Wilmoth says, "The population in Africa is notable for its rapid rate of growth, and it is anticipated that over half of global population growth between now and 2050 will take place in that region."

The U.N. forecasts that the following nine countries will see most of that growth: India, Nigeria, Congo, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, United States, Uganda and Indonesia.

Jun 21 12:03

Trump Takes Another Step Towards War with North Korea

In another menacing act of brinkmanship, President Donald Trump declared in a tweet yesterday that China had failed to force North Korea to accede to US demands, opening the door for unilateral US action, including military strikes. The tweet comes just ahead of top-level talks between US and Chinese officials due to take place in Washington today.
“While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi [Jinping] & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” Trump tweeted.
The Trump administration has put great pressure on Beijing to compel Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programs, but has indicated all along that time was limited.
“North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! USA,” Trump tweeted in April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would love to be a butterfly on the wall at this meeting, and see how evenhandedly both sides are dealing with a potentially nuclear-armed North Korea.

As someone who lives on a first-strike target here in Hawaii, I hope that dialogue leads to constructive plans for a resolution of the issue.

IF not, we may well be looking at war with China over North Korea, because it cannot appear to its allies, including the BRIC nations, that China has "lost face" in backing down from supporting North Korea.

And that would be officially lousy for just about everybody.

Jun 21 11:13

US Coast Guard Wants Icebreakers With Advanced Missiles

The US Coast Guard has two icebreakers, but both are aging, and one is ready to be scrapped outright. That’s got the Coast Guard interested in shopping for more, and while they’re at it, Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft would like some that you can strap a bunch of missiles to.

Talking up the substantial natural resources buried under the ice in he Arctic, Zukunft is telling Congress that they should stop seeing the icebreakers as being about breaking ice,and more about firing missiles at planes and ships threatening “US sovereignty” over whatever is buried under that ice.

Specialists are warning that re-designing America’s icebreakers around carrying arsenals of missiles might get int he way of their transitional mission of breaking ice, and not exactly in keeping with the idea of the coast guard’s search and rescue operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the Coast Guard's Department of "You CAN make this stuff up", obviously.

Jun 21 08:24

Beijing Wants Seoul to Make a ‘Decision’ on Controversial THAAD Soon

Putting the pressure on, China requested on Tuesday that South Korea make a decision “soon” on whether the US-operated THAAD missile system will remain in place on Seoul’s territory.

Jun 21 06:47

Ford Shifts Production of Focus to China, from Michigan and Mexico, as New CEO Cuts Costs

“Improving the company’s operational fitness.”

Jun 20 14:36

Trump's Ominous Tweet: "China's Help With North Korea Has Not Worked Out. At Least It Tried"

In what appears to be a rather ominous tweet posted moments ago by Donald Trump, the President said that "while I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!"

So is this Trump's implicit warning that he is about to launch an attack on North Korea, following a failed intervention by China, in retaliation for the death of Otto Warmbier? If so, it may be problematic since as we showed several days ago, both US carriers Ronald Reagan and Carl Vinson appeared to have left the Korean peninsula as of last week, suggesting that any military action will require their return first.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think keeping track of where the USS Ronald Reagan and Carl Vinson wind up in their next assignments will be a pretty clear indication of what President Trump's intentions are here.

Jun 20 09:28

US, Chinese Officials Set to Meet for First Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

On Wednesday, the United States and China will convene the first-ever Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) between top diplomatic and defense officials in Washington, D.C. The meeting, established after U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in April, will cover a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues of concern, and is similar in framing to a two-plus-two dialogue.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will represent the United States and State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Gen. Fang Fenghui, chief of the People’s Liberation Army’s Joint Staff Department, will represent China. According to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Defense and the State Department, the dialogue will seek to “expand areas of cooperation while narrowing differences on key diplomatic and security issues.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is hopeful, and a sign that President Trump is more than willing to negotiate to bring both countries a little closer together, where possible.

Jun 20 09:25

Xi: BRICS cooperation will usher in new 'golden decade'

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that BRICS cooperation would be more productive and usher in a new "golden decade."

Xi made the remarks when meeting with the heads of delegations from Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa, who are in Beijing to attend the BRICS foreign ministers' meeting.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the meeting, which also included Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and India's Minister of State for External Affairs Vijay Kumar Singh.

Xi extended congratulations on the success of the meeting and thanked other BRICS members for their support.

He said that BRICS countries faced the common task of safeguarding domestic stability and development, creating a favorable international environment and working to make the international order more just and equitable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BRICS is a brilliant concept, and should benefit all members quite nicely, both economically and socially.

Jun 19 09:50

IRAN, CHINA HOLD JOINT NAVAL DRILL IN PERSIAN GULF

Iran's navy has conducted a joint exercise with a Chinese fleet near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

The official IRNA news agency said Sunday's drill included an Iranian warship as well as two Chinese warships, a logistics ship and a Chinese helicopter that arrived in Iran's port of Bandar Abbas last week.

Jun 19 09:05

IRAN, CHINA CONDUCT JOINT NAVAL DRILLS IN STRATEGIC STRAITS OF HORMUZ

And while the Syrian conflict has taken a back seat in recent weeks to the latest crisis to grip the Gulf region, namely the economic and territorial blockade of Qatar by its Arab neighbors, overnight China made an unexpected appearance, not surprisingly perhaps siding with the biggest supporter of the Assad regime, when as AP reported Iran's navy conducted a joint exercise with a Chinese fleet near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. It was only the second time the Chinese flotilla has visited the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas since 2014, and comes at a tense moment as the Senate last week passed a new round of sanctions against Tehran.

According to Iran's official IRNA news agency, Sunday's drill included an Iranian warship as well as two Chinese warships, a logistics ship and a Chinese helicopter that arrived in Iran's port of Bandar Abbas last week, and adds that the scheduled exercise "came before the departure of the Chinese fleet for Muscat, Oman."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, with Russia having declared all US military fighter jets fair game as targets to be brought down, and with the uptick of military activity in the area by China and Iran, I would say that the excrement is about to hit the ventilation shaft, and most probably, sooner rather than later.

Jun 18 19:53

PetroChina Cuts Fuel Oil Floating Storage

Jun 18 19:32

The West Can't Smell What Eurasia is Cooking

A tectonic geopolitical shift happened in Astana, Kazakhstan, only a few days ago, and yet barely a ripple registered in Atlanticist circles.

At the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), founded in 2001, both India and Pakistan were admitted as full members, alongside Russia, China and four Central Asian stans (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan).

So now the SCO not only qualifies as the largest political organization by area and population “ in the world; it also unites four nuclear powers.

Jun 18 10:38

New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

A new Cold War is brewing in the Indian Ocean, with an informal alliance of the United States, India, Australia, Japan on one side and China on the other. While tensions in the ocean are not yet as pitched as in the hotly contested South China Sea, the potential for conflict is unmistakably rising in the high stakes strategic theater.

Jun 18 10:37

China just took the lead in the quantum space race

On Thursday, a team of Chinese scientists released findings from a breakthrough study that makes China the indisputable leader in the field of quantum communication, an achievement that could be of immense strategic importance.

The study, led by Pan Jianwei and published in Science magazine, successfully demonstrated the ability to distribute entangled photons across unprecedented distances, from space to earth, opening the door for the practical application of cutting-edge, ultra-secure communication.

Jun 18 09:47

China blacklists 24 S. Korean firms, restricts trade of food, cosmetics:

China has blacklisted 24 South Korean manufacturers and exporters, and restricted the sale of their cosmetics and food products in the world's No. 2 economy, a local trade promotion association said Friday.

The revelation of the list by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) is a fresh blow to local companies already hurt by Chinese economic retaliation over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system on the Korean Peninsula.

Jun 16 12:57

Jim Rickards: Expect a shock devaluation in Chinese yuan after October

The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, CCP, will be held in the fall of 2017. The exact date has not yet been announced, but late October is a reasonable estimate. This will be the most important CCP meeting since the death of Mao Zedong and the rise of Deng Xiaoping in the late 1970s.

Jun 16 12:02

United States, China to Meet Wednesday on North Korea

U.S. and Chinese diplomatic and defense chiefs will meet Wednesday for a security dialogue that Washington says will focus on curbing North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

The talks in Washington will involve U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, as well as China's top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and General Fang Fenghui, chief of state of the People's Liberation Army, the U.S. State Department said.

It will be the inaugural session of the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, a framework launched by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a summit in Florida in April.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hopeful that something concrete comes of these talks, and that Chinese President Xi Jinping has made good use of those "hundred days" he requested of President Trump to work things out with North Korea.

Report: Xi asked Trump for 100-day grace period on North Korea

Unfortunately, however, Kim Jun Un's rhetoric has not softened against the United States, but in fact, over the last several months, appears to be becoming more threatening, rather than less; this has not been helpful.

But if there is no real resolution with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program at the end of the 100 days for which Chinese President Xi Jinping asked, we may well be looking at a war scenario against North Korea. President Trump may believe that not going ahead with some sort of a regional consortium, including South Korea, and Japan, and perhaps, Australia, may cause him to "lose face", a very critical concept in Asian diplomacy.

Jun 16 09:44

China Demands On-Site Inspection of THAAD Battery in Korea

The Chinese government recently asked Seoul to allow an on-site inspection of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery the U.S. recently stationed here, a government source said Tuesday.

China opposed the deployment because it believes that its powerful radar could be used to spy on its own military maneuvers.

Jun 16 08:41

Syria, Iran and N. Korea: Will Trump Attempt to Finish the Neocon Hitlist?

In Donald Trump’s short time in office, he has already shown his propensity to use military force. From dropping the largestnon-nuclear bomb ever used on Afghanistan, to launching 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Iraq (oh wait, Syria), there is no doubt that the Trump administration has a prominent militaristic streak.

But is this just for starters? If Trump stays in power for the duration of his term, is there a major war, or even multiple wars, on the horizon? Judging by the rhetoric and actions already taken by the Trump administration, it will be a miracle if the US does not start a major war in the near future. Coincidentally, the main countries in the sights of the Trump administration just happen to be the three countries that the neoconservatives pinpointed for regime change 17 years ago, but have not yet been dealt with.

Jun 15 10:22

Access Denied: US Mulls Blocking Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence

According to an unreleased Pentagon report, a federal agency is considering limiting Chinese financial investment in the US, even as Beijing continuously finds new ways to gain access to sensitive cutting edge US technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, no such restriction applies to Israel!

Jun 15 10:11

How Russia and China Could Respond to Pentagon's Newest Supercarrier

Russia and China are likely to invest in developing air defense systems in response to Washington's military buildup, political analyst Alexei Fenenko asserted, commenting on the USS Gerald R. Ford, one of the most advanced and expensive weapons systems in the Pentagon's arsenal.

Jun 15 08:13

China is developing hypersonic missiles for jet fighters that could strike targets at 4,000mph

In a major step towards developing hypersonic missiles for jet fighters, China has claimed that it has successfully tested new ramjet engine technology.

China reported that two flight tests with the solid-fuel variable flow ramjet engine were completed last month.

The successful test has been described as 'a milestone in the field of engine research', and could lead to Chinese hypersonic missiles that can strike their targets at more than 4,000mph.

Jun 15 08:04

Video of explosion in China

Jun 14 07:23

European Central Bank Tue said it had switched €500 million worth of its US dollar reserves to Chinese yuan for the first time

Jun 13 12:21

Russia, China refusing to submit to US world order: Analyst

Russia and China are threatening America's so-called international order by challenging US military and economic dominance and refusing to submit to Washington’s global policies, says a political analyst in California.

Jun 13 10:33

LITHIUM BOOM 2.0 – THE WORLD’S HOTTEST COMMODITY JUST GOT HOTTER

Lithium is the hottest commodity on the planet right now, and investors trying to profit from it don’t understand how to invest in it.

MOST ARE MAKING A CRITICAL MISTAKE and investing in the wrong companies.

That’s because, in this game, lithium GRADE is the key to profitability.

Why? First, lithium...

Lithium is the most important component of electric vehicles, high-energy batteries, power storage, a vast menu of consumer electronics—and even Nirvana-reaching drugs.

Even today’s hyper-growth EV industry is just the tip of the iceberg compared with where it's headed to. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that 35% of all new vehicle sales by 2040 will be EVs, equivalent to 100 million units every year.

Tesla’s “halo effect” will make astute investors lifetime riches because that's 100 times greater than current production.

Jun 13 08:04

China on WannaCry: It wasn't us, honest

Chinese security firms have hit out against suggestions that last month's global WannaCry ransomware outbreak can be blamed on China.

The WannaCry ransomware epidemic hit over 300,000 PCs around the globe, using worm-like capabilities to spread and infect Microsoft Windows machines -- including many in China. While nobody has uncovered evidence to specifically identify the perpetrators, there are several theories as who might be behind the attack.

One hypothesis, offered by researchers Flashpoint following linguistic analysis of the WannaCry ransom note, is that it's the work of a native or highly fluent Chinese speaker who used machine translation to convert the original note into other languages.

But Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 has dismissed the claims and questioned the attempt to attribute the attacks by analysing the ransom note text.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Most of the code originated with NSA, remember?

Jun 12 20:45

World's fastest amphibious fighting vehicle being developed by China

China is developing the world's fastest amphibious armoured vehicle that reach a top speed of 50 kilometres per hour when travelling in calm waters.
While there are many amphibious armoured vehicles in the world, most of them move very slowly in the water.

Jun 12 15:12

Claims of WannaCry ties to China 'groundless,' Chinese firms say

A report suggesting that WannaCry ransomware's authors could be native Chinese speakers has drawn fire from Chinese cybersecurity experts.

China-based cybersecurity companies Qihoo 360 and Antiy Labs have come to their country's defense, calling Flashpoint's linguistic analysis last month "groundless" and "unprofessional," Chinese state-run media Xinhua reported Monday.

Jun 12 11:18

Angry Over Killing Of Two Chinese Teachers In Pakistan, Jinping Says No To Meeting With Nawaz Shareef

After two Chinese teachers were murdered in Balochistan by terrorists, Chinese President Xi Jinping snubbed Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif by skipping the customary meeting at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Asthana.
Though Sharif met the president of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Russia, Jinping didn’t give time to Sharif. Xi's unprecedented snub followed deep disappointment and grief among Chinese public over the slaying of the two Chinese citizens who were kidnapped last month from Quetta in Balochistan.

Hundreds of Chinese are working in Pakistan on CPEC and now China has asked Pakistan to pay great attention to the protection of Chinese in Pakistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I fully understand this, and China has every right to ask for protection for its workers here.

Right now, under NO conditions, would I ever consider Pakistan a safe place to either visit, or to work.

Jun 12 07:43

China's One Belt, One Road plan `will drive Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal towards bankruptcy`

Almost a month after China hosted the Belt and Road forum in Beijing, European economists and experts have concluded that Beijing's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) project is nothing but a debt instrument.
News agency ANI on Monday cited the experts as further claiming that the OBOR initiative will push several nations, including Pakistan, towards bankruptcy.

Jun 10 17:44

China uncovers massive underground network of Apple employees selling customers’ personal data

Of the 22 suspects, 20 were employees of an Apple “domestic direct sales company and outsourcing company”.

The suspects allegedly used an internal company computer system to gather users’ names, phone numbers, Apple IDs, and other data, which they sold as part of a scam worth more than 50 million yuan (US$7.36 million).

The statement referred to “domestic employees of Apple” but it was unclear whether they were directly employed by the company or by Apple suppliers or vendors. It also did not specify whether the data belonged to Chinese or foreign Apple customers.

Jun 10 09:35

China vigilant as US bombers fly over South China Sea

China said on Friday it was monitoring US military activities in the South China Sea after two US bombers conducted training flights over the disputed waters.

The US Pacific Command said on its website two American Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew a 10-hour training mission from Guam over the South China Sea on Thursday, in conjunction with the Navy's USS Sterett guided-missile destroyer.

The exercise comes after a US warship in late May carried out a "manoeuvring drill" within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea.

Jun 09 13:32

OH CRAP! WHAT TRUMPS TOP BRASS JUST REVEALED ABOUT CHINA MAY PUSH US TO THE EDGE OF ETERNITY

With its reef expansion apparently finishing up, China is working to extend the reach of its military power. China is outfitting its manmade island outposts in the South China Sea with warplane hangars and weapons, the Pentagon said Tuesday in its annual assessment of Beijing’s military.

Jun 09 13:29

Kim Jong-un Isn’t Crazy and China Doesn’t Have a Solution

No one who pays attention to the Korean Peninsula believes that there is an easy answer to the challenge of a nuclear North Korea. But finding solutions will become even harder if the problem is misdiagnosed.
The North’s leaders, starting with founder Kim Il-sung, appear to be eminently rational. His son, Kim Jong-il, wore platform shoes, had bouffant hair, donned oversized sunglasses and was particularly easy to caricature (think “Team America”). Nevertheless, Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il and descendent Kim Jong-un have skillfully wielded power, maintained control, deterred the United States and turned their small country into a Weltmacht of sorts.

The human cost has been great, but that’s no different than in the Soviet Union and People’s Republic of China. In those countries equally ruthless parties and leaders took control and made nations. The North’s political system is sui generis, but its participants act in an understandable and predictable fashion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish Rex Tillerson would drop the position of "no negotiation until North Korea's denuclearisation."

IF the US, China, and South Korea came together with North Korea to hammer out a peace deal with which to replace the existing armistice, with the guarantee for peaceful, unrestrained trade in exchange for letting go if its weapons program, THAT would be treating him like a "civilised person."

Of course, that...would be logical.

Jun 09 12:32

AFTER LAYING OFF THOUSANDS, BOEING CEO SAYS OFFSHORING WORK TO CHINA WON’T “DIRECTLY HARM” US JOBS

Boeing, the largest US exporter by dollar value, faces a tough environment for commercial jetliners. In 2016, net orders dropped 13% from 2015 and 53% from 2014, to just 668 planes, the lowest level since 2010! Through June 6, 2017, Boeing has just 208 net orders.

The company is under pressure to cut costs. So there has been wave after wave of job cuts through voluntary buyouts and involuntary layoffs last year and this year. Its payroll has shriveled by about 30,000 workers over the past five years. At the end of May it was down to 145,000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but has Boeing's President, Dennis Muilenburg, gone absolutely barking dog, foaming at the mouth mad, to make such a statement?!?

Jun 09 08:12

India & Pakistan to join SCO during landmark Astana summit

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit is kicking off in Kazakhstan, with the admission of India and Pakistan topping the agenda. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who already met Chinese leader Xi Jinping, will take part in the leaders’ meeting.

Jun 07 13:32

QR Codes are driving the end of cash in China

Jun 07 12:31

Envoy: Iran, China Increasing Military Exchanges

Chinese Ambassador to Tehran Pang Sen underlined anti-terrorism cooperation with Iran, adding that the two countries have strengthened their military cooperation and exchanges.

Jun 07 10:17

Pentagon: Beijing Is Arming Its Manmade Islands in South China Sea

China is outfitting its manmade island outposts in the South China Sea with warplane hangars and weapons, the Pentagon said Tuesday in its annual assessment of Beijing’s military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the US invading everything in sight, wouldn't you?

Jun 07 10:04

US Aircraft Carriers Ronald Reagan, Carl Vinson Withdraw From Sea of Japan

According to the Japanese broadcaster NHL, the aircraft carriers left the sea on Monday after completing the military exercises last week.

The Carl Vinson will return to the home port in the US city of San Diego, the same reports added. However, the situation around North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program will be further monitored by USS Nimitz carrier which is supposed to join Japan and India for joint military exercises in the Indian Ocean in July and head to the Persian Gulf subsequently, the outlet suggested.

The Carl Vinson carrier and its strike group including two destroyers and a cruiser was initially to the area close to North Korea in April in response to the repeated ballistic missile tests by the country. Since then, the situation around Pyongyang escalated further with several more missile launches by North Korea including the most recent on May 29. The launches were carried out by Pyongyang in violation of the UN resolutions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China's leadership, and particularly President Xi Jinping, may have done more to "encourage" North Korea to cease and desist from its weapons program than we know.

And additionally, this US move away from North Korea, militarily, might definitely be coupled with the following development in South Korea, reported this morning at zerohedge.com:

In Major Blow To Washington, South Korea Suspends Deployment Of US Antimissile System

Jun 06 14:46

China’s Scandal Tinged Push To Buy Up Hollywood Media

As China’s economy has boomed, corporations and individuals with historically close ties to the government have been the major beneficiaries. Sitting flush with massive amounts of cash on hand, power players in the Chinese markets have increasingly sought to branch out and increase their investments in foreign countries.

Jun 05 14:01

Washington’s Allies Call for US to Step Up South China Sea Patrols

As China continues to assert its presence in the South China Sea, Japan and Australia reiterated their calls for the US to stick with its longstanding policy of conducting freedom-of-navigation operations in the region.

Jun 05 11:57

FBI DOCUMENTS SHOW CHINESE INFLUENCE IN BAY AREA PROTEST GROUPS

Documents released by the FBI Records Vault have revealed a troubling connection between figures associated with Chinese communist affiliated protest groups in the 1960’s and 70’s and Bay Area politicians. The FBI identified a number of individuals who were working with groups that were militant and Chinese-oriented in nature. Today, these individuals are involved with organizations who financially and politically support figures tied to protest groups operating in San Francisco, including the far left movement By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). The parties involved in support for these protest groups are also tied to institutions connected to billionaire George Soros.

Jun 03 12:20

China’s next step to destroy the dollar

Jun 03 11:03

Mattis calls North Korea's threats 'clear and present danger,' criticizes ally China

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in no uncertain terms Saturday that North Korea presented a "clear and present danger," while also criticizing China for ratcheting up the tension over contested islands in the South China Sea.

His sharp words for both countries suggested he believed China would, out of self-interest, pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs even as Washington pushes Beijing to change course in the South China Sea.

Speaking at an international security conference in Singapore, Mattis said the Trump administration was encouraged by China's renewed commitment to working with the U.S. and others to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons. He also said he thought Beijing ultimately would see Kim Jong Un's regime as a liability rather than an asset.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I cannot tell you the number of huge military aircraft which we can hear coming over the island of Oahu; but those flights have been very intense, of late.

I am expecting the war drums to heat up regarding North Korea in a very short time, and have to wonder if President Trump will give Chinese President Xi Jingping the "100 days to sort the problem" that he promised him, which would theoretically end at the end of this month.

I hope we are not also headed toward a war with China, because Mike and I are situated very close to a first-strike target here!

Jun 03 11:02

South China Sea row at boiling point: US warns Beijing over 'unacceptable' military action

Speaking at a security conference in Singapore, Defence Secretary James Mattis said such moves undermined regional stability and would not be tolerated.

China's territorial claims in the South China Sea - through which about £3.9trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year - are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

In his speech at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue forum, General Mattis said: "We oppose countries militarising artificial islands and enforcing excessive maritime claims.

"We cannot and will not accept unilateral, coercive changes to the status quo."

Jun 03 07:10

Mattis praises China's efforts on North Korea, dials up pressure on South China Sea

The United States is encouraged by China's efforts to restrain North Korea but Washington will not accept Beijing's militarization of islands in the South China Sea, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday.

The comments by Mattis, during the annual Shangri-La Dialogue, show how U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is looking to balance working with China to restrain North Korea's advancing missile and nuclear programs while dealing with Beijing's activities in the South China Sea.

U.S. allies have been worried by Trump's actively courting Chinese President Xi Jinping to restrain North Korea, fearing Washington might allow China a more free rein elsewhere in the region.

Jun 01 14:33

Is China Set To Become the Most Free Nation On the Planet?

Nations all over the world are freely handing over their sovereignty to Supranational groups and organizations that have one purpose in mind…The destruction of the Nation State. The European Union is the blue print and it is a process that will continue to be adopted by other nations through Free Trade agreements and Intelligence sharing. The UK is estimated to have 75% of its laws (and regulations) produced and imposed by the European Commission. And there are calls for ever closer unity.

Jun 01 10:31

Forget Peace & Stability - Washington's Policy In The South China Sea Is Confrontational

The American guided missile destroyer USS Dewey was reported as having carried out a ‘freedom of navigation operation’ or FONOP in the South China Sea on May 24. According to the US Naval Institute the undertaking involved manoeuvres «within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef for about 90 minutes zig-zagging in the water near the installation. At one point during the operation, the ship’s crew conducted a man overboard drill».

Mischief Reef is 900 miles from the mainland of China, and 12,000 miles from the mainland of the United States. It has been built up by China from a sandy pile of rock into a habitable base and lies in the Spratly Island chain which is claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam, both members of the Association of South East Asian Nations, ASEAN.

Jun 01 09:09

Trump-Phuc rekindle US-Vietnam warming trend

WTF! Sorry I had to put this one up just to see the Headline!

The Vietnamese government had much to celebrate after Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc met on Wednesday with US President Donald Trump in the White House. Business deals were signed and America appeared to offer Vietnam new strategic support in its defense against a perceived as expansionist China.

“The relationship between Vietnam and the United States has undergone significant upheavals in history, but today we have been able to become comprehensive partners,” Phuc said after his meeting with Trump.

May 30 11:40

US, Japan to take ‘specific action’ after N. Korea missile hit Japanese economic zone

Tokyo will take “specific action” and join forces with the US to deter Pyongyang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after a North Korean missile flew about 450 km before landing inside Japan’s economic zone.
“As we agreed at the recent G 7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community,” Prime Minister Abe told reporters in a televised comment, as cited by Reuters.

“Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea,” Abe said, adding that Japan will also maintain close contact with neighboring South Korea and other countries.

The strident statement came in response to the latest missile launch by North Korea. On Monday morning, a short-range ballistic missile traveled around 450km and landed in the Sea of Japan, 300 km off the Japanese coast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What "specific action" can the US and Japan possibly take, without engaging China, and South Vietnam?!?

Unfortunately, if past is prologue to the future, absolutely nothing, with regard to Kim Jung Un.

What needs to happen, and just as immediately is reasonably possible, is for a conference to happen, including North and South Korea, China, Japan, and the US, in which a peace treaty would be proposed to North Korea, with full economic freedoms, and no more sanctions, in exchange for North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons program.

Of course, that...would be logical.

May 30 11:18

McCain: China is behaving like a ‘bully’

China is behaving like a “bully” with its militarization of islands in the South China Sea, US Sen. John McCain said Tuesday, activity that Washington must confront with its allies to find a peaceful solution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pot. Kettle. Black.

May 30 08:30

Russia Calls House Bill Aimed at North Korea an “Act of War.” Will the Senate Block H.R. 1644?

If enacted, the bill would amend the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 to increase the president’s powers to impose sanctions on anyone in violation of certain United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding North Korea. Specifically, it would allow for expanding sanctions to punish North Korea for its nuclear weapons programs by: targeting overseas individuals who employ North Korean “slave labor”; requiring the administration to determine whether North Korea was a state sponsor of terrorism and, most critically; authorizing a crackdown on North Korea’s use of international transit ports.

H.R. 1644 Targets Foreign Ports and Air Terminals

What caught the eye of Russian critics was Section 104, the part of the bill that presumed to grant the US “inspection authorities” over shipping ports (and major airports) far beyond the Korean Peninsula – specifically, ports in China, Russia, Syria, and Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can see why Russia is upset. The US Congress has no authority under international law to demand inspections inside foreign sovereign territory.

May 28 09:22

U.S. says China realizes limited time to negotiate with North Korea

China has realized it has limited time to rein in North Korea's nuclear program through negotiations and is open to further sanctions against Pyongyang, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Friday.

Susan Thornton, the acting assistant secretary for east Asian and Pacific affairs told a news briefing in Beijing that China understood that the U.S. viewed the North Korea situation as an urgent "time-limited problem set".

"So they know now that they don't have, I think, as much time to try to bring the North Koreans to the table to get their calculus changed and get them to the negotiating table," she said. "And I think that has lent some urgency to their measures."

Pyongyang has conducted dozens of missile tests, the most recent last Sunday, and tested two nuclear bombs since the start of 2016, in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. It says the program is necessary to counter U.S. aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; China, and the world, are being groomed by the US government for a US pre-emptive strike against North Korea.

There have been credible sources indicating that Chinese President Zi Jinping, upon visiting Mar-A-Largo in April, asked President Trump for 100 days to get the problem sorted with North Korea.

Report: Xi Jinping asked for '100-day grace period' on North Korea

The end of that 100 days comes roughly at the end of next month; and June starts this coming Thursday.

The question of whether President Xi will get his 100 days rests very squarely on the degree to which he can persuade Kim Jung Un not to continue his missile and nuclear tests before that time has ended.

And yesterday, the US military has just sent a 3rd carrier group to the Korean Peninsula:

US military sending a 3rd carrier group to the North Korean peninsula

It looks like the excrement is about to hit the ventilation system on the North Korean peninsula; I hope to heck I am wrong on this, but the continued movement of personnel and materials into this region bode ill for any substantive peace talks getting held in order to ratchet down tensions here.

May 28 06:58

OANN Releases Report On Seth Rich Murder, Raises Questions About Chinese Corruption

The San Diego based One American News Network has released a new report highlighting key elements of the mystery surrounding the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich. OANN cites a number of inconsistencies and lingering questions in the case, while also noting that Rich’s murder occurred in close proximity to the similarly strange death of UN official John Ashe.

May 26 16:18

It Is All Unraveling And This Is Why Everyone Should Be Nervous

Another insurer is leaving Obamacare. Comey is blaming the Clinton investigation on a Russian document . Trumps slams intel leaks and Jeff Sessions is going to begin an investigation.

May 26 13:01

Chinese jets come within several hundred feet of US plane over South China Sea

Two Chinese J-10 fighter jets came within several hundred feet of a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion over the South China Sea on Thursday local time, U.S. officials said.

The fighters flew 200 yards in front of the P-3 maritime surveillance aircraft with an altitude separation of 100 feet, an encounter the commander of the U.S. aircraft determined as "unsafe and unprofessional," U.S. officials said.

According to a U.S. official, the Chinese jets were weaving ahead of the American plane, an action that concerned the U.S. pilot.

The activity occurred 150 miles southeast of Hainan Island in the northern part of the South China Sea.

A U.S. official said the U.S. plans to address the incident with China through diplomatic and military channels.

This encounter appears to have occurred the same day that the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Dewey sailed within 12 miles of Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, conducting a Freedom of Navigation Operation by the artificial island claimed by China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; when US ships are inside the 12 nautical miles boundary which comprise sovereign Chinese territory, this is tantamount to an invasion of Chinese territory.

And also please remember: after World War II, these Islands were given to China as a result of the Cairo Declaration, and the Potsdam Proclamation:

The Truth You need to know about the South China Sea

May 26 08:23

Tony Blair was 'go-between' for Chinese tycoon sought by Interpol as bribe suspect

Tony Blair acted as go-between between a controversial Chinese businessmen now being sought by Interpol and the Abu Dhabi royal family, helping the entrepreneur raise billions of dollars, a report in China has alleged.

May 25 10:56

China: No one has right to bring war & chaos to Korean Peninsula

China's foreign minister has warned that no one has the right to bring war or chaos to the Korean Peninsula, and that anyone who does will bear responsibility. It comes just one day after Seoul fired warning shots at a suspected drone from North Korea.

May 25 10:37

In first under Trump, U.S. warship challenges Beijing's claims in South China Sea

A U.S. Navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since U.S. President Donald Trump took office.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Dewey traveled close to the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors.

China said its warships had warned the U.S. ship and it lodged "stern representations" with the United States. China said it remained resolutely opposed to so-called freedom of navigation operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here, please: why the blazes are you doing your level best to tick off China's President Xi Jinping when you desperately need his help with North Korea?!?

Or did someone in the Military/Deep State, "Bowels of Power", make this decision for you?!?

What the American people are seeing, in the timing of this unquestionably idiotic act, on the part of the American military, is huge factionalism in the American government and military which doesn't augur well either for peace, or protection here at home.

Did Sec Def Mattis order this, without your knowledge and permission?!?

I understand that you want to give your commanders in the field more autonomy, but PLEASE, Mr. President; the current delicate state of relations between China and the US government, absolutely did not need this.

May 25 10:17

Controlling SEPTA’s crowded commute

In late March 2017, SEPTA awarded Chinese rail car manufacturer CRRC MA (formed in mid-2015 from a merger of two Chinese corporations) a contract to build new multi-level push-pull passenger cars for SEPTA that will add about 6,000 seats to the railroad. The company recently built a plant in Springfield, Massachusetts, where these new multi-levels will mostly be produced.

It is likely they will be put to work on SEPTA’s longer routes, as these multi-levels are push-pull cars meaning they lack a motor. That still will do well systemwide; it will make more shorter electric multiple unit (EMU) trains available for the shorter lines. The new cars are expected to enter service in 2019.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China is making railroad cars for the US. Have we forgotten how to do that as well?

May 25 08:40

China says new Silk Road not about military ambitions

China's ambition to build a new Silk Road is not about seeking to expand its military role abroad nor about seeking to set up foreign bases, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

The new Silk Road, formally known as the Belt and Road initiative in China, is President Xi Jinping's signature policy to expand links between Asia, Africa and Europe underpinned by billions of dollars in infrastructure investment.

At a summit in Beijing this month, Xi pledged $124 billion for the plan, promising to forge a path of peace, inclusiveness and free trade.

May 24 12:07

"This Is Probably Just The Beginning" - Chinese Banks Are In Big Trouble

That's not supposed to happen...

With the crackdown on financial system leverage underway, Chinese banks (and securities firms) are in big trouble. As we noted previously, China's bond curve is inverted, yields are surging, and Chinese regulatory decisions shutting down various shadow-banking pipelines has crushed securities firms' stocks. However, as Bloomberg points out, as China’s deleveraging efforts cut into banks’ profit margins, rising base funding costs and interbank credit risk concerns have pushed banks' cost of borrowing beyond the rate they charge customers for loans for the first time in history.

May 24 12:07

Moody’s downgrades China rating to A1 from Aa3, citing concerns over a slowing economy and growing debt

Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday downgraded China's credit rating to A1 from Aa3, changing its outlook to stable from negative, citing concerns efforts to support growth will spur debt growth across the economy.

May 24 10:29

Trump discusses ‘madman Kim & good guy Xi’ in leaked call with Philippines’ Duterte

Donald Trump told Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte in a phone call last month that he is prepared to use force against “madman” Kim Jong-un but hoped the “good guy” Xi Jinping will help solve the North Korean nuclear issue, according to a leaked transcript.

May 23 16:32

Redmond puts wall around Windows 10 for Chinese government edition

"The Windows 10 China Government Edition is based on Windows 10 Enterprise Edition, which already includes many of the security, identity, deployment, and manageability features governments and enterprises need," said Windows boss Terry Myerson.

"The China Government Edition will use these manageability features to remove features that are not needed by Chinese government employees, like OneDrive, to manage all telemetry and updates, and to enable the government to use its own encryption algorithms within its computer systems."

Details are very thin about what else is missing compared to the Windows 10 builds available in the West. Presumably a lot less information is collected by the notoriously data-hungry OS, and little of it is likely to flow to Redmond's servers. Any info that is extracted is almost certainly staying in China.

May 23 11:29

Xi asked Trump for ‘100 days’ to deal with North Korea problem

Chinese President Xi Jinping asked U.S. President Donald Trump for a 100-day grace period to deal with North Korea’s military provocations during their meeting in early April, according to several U.S. and Japanese sources.

At their talks in Florida, Trump asked Xi to strengthen economic sanctions against Pyongyang over its repeated ballistic missile and nuclear tests. China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea’s foreign trade.

The U.S. president said that if Beijing did not cooperate, Washington was prepared to implement new sanctions against Chinese companies that have business dealings with North Korea, including several financial institutions, according to the sources.

Xi may have asked for the grace period to prevent such U.S. sanctions from making it difficult for the targeted Chinese companies to continue their business transactions with U.S. financial institutions and companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this story is true, (and please note that this is not sourced), President Xi basically has until the end of June to turn Kim Jung Un's thinking around, when it comes to its nuclear weapons program.

The successful launching of a medium range missile last weekend does not seem to indicate that China has had an effect yet on moderating North Korea's missile program to date.

IF, in fact, these reports are true, I am hoping and praying that Chinese President Xi will "up his game" before the end of next month; otherwise, all hell could potentially break loose here, particularly if Kim Jung Un decides the "timing is right" to test a nuclear weapon

May 23 11:20

China ‘dismantled entire CIA operation’; killed, jailed ‘score of CIA spies’

A report in the New York Times sourced to 10 ‘current and former officials’ says that between 2010 and 2012 China dismantled the entire CIA operation in China, rounding up, executing and jailing up to 20 spies working for the CIA.

It seems that in one case the Chinese executed one of the captured spies in the courtyard of a government building in front of his colleagues of whatever institution he was working for in order to impress on them the risks of spying for the CIA.

May 22 09:58

KIM Jong-un has vowed to increase North Korea's military might following the successful deployment of a new-intermediate range ballistic missile on Sunday.

KIM Jong-un has vowed to increase North Korea's military might following the successful deployment of a new-intermediate range ballistic missile on Sunday.

After watching the launch of the new Pukguksong-2 missile, the North Korean dictator was reportedly satisfied with its accuracy and branded it a “successful strategic weapon”, according to state-run media outlet KCNA.

After the second missile launch in less than a week, KCNA reported: "Saying with pride that the missile's rate of hits is very accurate and Pukguksong-2 is a successful strategic weapon, [Kim Jong-un] approved the deployment of this weapon system for action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

to President Donald Trump; China's President Xi Jinping; Japan's Prime Minister Abe; gentlemen, a word please.

As much a pain as North Korea's Kim Jung Un may be to deal with, the only resolution of the issue of North Korean missiles is through negotiation, and right the heck now, thank you very much!!

What should be happening is the establishment of a peace accord for North Korea, with iron-clad promises of free trade, and lack of any restrictions against its economy, with the quid pro quo of North Korea stopping its nuclear weapons program when this takes effect.

And a short memo to Secretary of State Tillerson, who has reiterated that only when North Korea ends its nuclear weapons program, will the US be ready to negotiate; Mr. Tillerson, Kim Jung Un understands that his only possible ploy for preventing an invasion of his country is the development of a nuclear weapon as a deterrent.

He has seen what has happened to countries which do not have this, and is trying to insure that North Korea doesn't become yet another victim of "regime change."

The time for serious negotiations is now: the potential for horrific damage from an attack against North Korea would be horrific for the region as a whole.

May 21 10:24

"We Will Go To War; We Will Fight You": China's Xi Threatens Duterte If Philippines Drills For Oil

The Philippines' outspoken president Rodrigo Duterte got a glimpse of the true snarling, belligerent Chinese dragon hiding behind the cheerful, globalist Panda facade earlier this week, when in response to a claim that his country was prepared to drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea, China's president Xi told him matter-of-factly that in that case he should prepare for war.

In a meeting on Monday between the two presidents, Duterte asserted his nation's sovereignty over disputed South China Sea territory citing last year's ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration. "We intend to drill oil there, if it's yours, well, that's your view, but my view is, I can drill the oil, if there is some inside the bowels of the earth because it is ours," Duterte said in a speech, recalling his conversation with Xi.

May 21 08:49

North Korea fires medium-range missile in latest test

North Korea on Sunday fired a medium-range missile, U.S. and South Korean officials said, in the latest ballistics test for a country speeding up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles.

The rocket was fired from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 310 miles, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. It did not immediately provide more details.

White House officials traveling in Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump said the system, which was last tested in February, has a shorter range than the missiles launched in North Korea's most recent tests.

U.S. Pacific Command said it tracked the missile until it landed into the sea.

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Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to me that perhaps China's President Xi Jinping has been instrumental in counseling restraint to President Trump on the is issue of North Korean missile tests, and that is a positive outcome of their meeting earlier this year.

May 21 07:11

China 'crippled CIA by killing US sources'

At least 20 US spies were killed or imprisoned by the Chinese government between 2010 and 2012, crippling the country's information-gathering, a media report has said.
It was not clear whether the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was hacked or whether a mole helped the Chinese to identify the agents, officials told the New York Times.

May 20 00:53

Chinese jets intercept U.S. radiation-sniffing plane, U.S. says

Two Chinese SU-30 aircraft carried out what the U.S. military described as an "unprofessional" intercept of a U.S. aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying in international airspace over the East China Sea.
"The issue is being addressed with China through appropriate diplomatic and military channels," said U.S. Air Force spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Lori Hodge.

May 19 21:18

rothies=deepstate=russianmafia

With 75% of the worlds wealth under their belts.. made with Satan's help. They(including Satan) control the nations that have fiat money/fractional reserve currencies.. "THE JEWISH BANKING SYSTEM".. THE MAFIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN JEWISH... THEY HAVE ALWAYS BACKED THE BANKERS. WHO COMMAND THEM.
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THE REASON THE JEWS ARE TIED INTO THIS MESS IS THAT THEIR D.N.A.. WORKS LIKE AN ANTENNA AND CAN RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE SATANICS.

THE Rothschild's SEANCES DON'T TALK TO DEPARTED SOULS.. THEY HAVE A DIRECT LINE TO THE CENTER OF EVIL.. an alien spiritual being we call
Satan.

The Rothschilds ARE THE Jew's ROYAL FAMILY.. AND IF YOU GET TO KNOW A RABBI VERY WELL.. HE WILL TELL YOU THAT THE JEWISH GOD IS SATAN.

ALL OF OUR MAJOR INSTITUTIONS ARE NOW CORPORATIONS.. THE BOARD THE DIRECTOR'S MEMBERS ARE ALL JEWISH..
ANOTHER CRYPTO JEW IS NOW PRESIDENT..of the U.S.A inc.

Kennedy was the last christian/catholic.

May 19 16:00

China Unveils Human ‘Smog Tasters’ to Tackle Air Pollution

As a part of the program, the environmental monitoring center in the Chinese province of Hebei employed experts, specializing in “smog tasting.”

The experts received special training and obtained a corresponding license from local authorities.

May 19 10:08

China warns Philippines to prepare for WAR if Manila drills for oil in South China Sea

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte said Chinese counterpart China Xi Jinping had warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea.

May 19 08:45

New Chinese Military Base in Africa Presents Security Concerns for US

China’s first non-domestic military outpost is slated to be finished by the end of the summer, according to Marine General Thomas Waldhauser, who said the base presents security concerns to the US.

The 90-acre naval base is located a mere four miles from the headquarters of US African Command, Camp Lemonnier, in Djibouti, where some 3,000 to 4,000 US personnel are stationed at any given time.

Under Waldhauser’s watch, the US hopes to keep tabs on what China does and does not do at the new base. Waldhauser recently requested an audience with Djibouti President Ismail Omar, to whom he "expressed [US] concerns about some of the things that are important to us about what the Chinese should not do at that location."

May 19 07:01

China claims breakthrough in mining 'flammable ice'

China has for the first time extracted gas from an ice-like substance under the South China Sea considered key to future global energy supply.

Chinese authorities have described the success as a major breakthrough.

Methane hydrates, also called "flammable ice", hold vast reserves of natural gas.

The danger is that sucking out the methane hydrates buried in the continental shelves could lead to large-scale undersea landslides, which in turn could produce tsunamis.

May 19 01:41

China launches hydrocarbon revolution

China has become the first country in the word to have extracted "combustible ice" from the bottom of the South China Sea - natural gas hydrate. Officials at China's Ministry for Natural Resources compared the achievement with the shale oil revolution in the United States. Experts say that methods of using energy will undergo a major transformation in the near future. Samples of "combustible ice" were retrieved from the depth of one kilometer. In eight days, 120 cubic meters of this fuel have been extracted, of which one cubic meter is equivalent to 160 cubic meters of natural gas. Other countries, such as Canada and Japan, for example, have also been trying to extract this fuel, although to no avail so far.

May 18 22:54

China, ASEAN Countries Agree Draft Framework for South China Sea Code of Conduct

China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have reached an agreement on a framework for the South China Sea Code of Conduct, 15 years after they officially declared their intention to do so.

May 18 09:48

How Military Industrial Complex is Pushing US Toward New 'Missile Crisis

The US' dangerous muscle-flexing in Asia-Pacific is a continuation of Obama's "pivot to Asia" strategy, US peace activist Jan R. Weinberg told Sputnik. To avoid yet another missile crisis all the parties involved need to start negotiations over the long-term disarmament and eradication of nuclear weapons in the region, he stressed.

In his March interview with Sputnik the founder of "Show Up! America," Jan R. Weinberg, warned that the US-led militarization of the Asia-Pacific region might turn into the "American Missile Crisis."

"The American Missile Crisis may very well become the term that historians use to describe the precipitously dangerous, present day, militarization and terrorism issues within the Indo-Asia-Pacific region," he warned.

May 18 09:03

Chinese Insurer Warns Of "Mass Defaults, Social Unrest" Due To "Mass Redemption" Run

One month ago, China came "this close" to the one event which terrifies Beijing more than anything: a run on China's shadow banks.

As a quick reminder, 150 customers of China's Mingsheng Bank, the country's largest private bank, were furious in mid-April when they learned that some 3 trillion yuan invested in Wealth Management Products, the backbone of China's shadow banking system, had vaporized after bank employees had engaged in fraud and embezzled the funds without ever investing it (later it emerged that Mingsheng employees had put the money into “cultural relics” and jewelry, for their own use).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may well get very ugly, and very quickly.

May 18 08:20

If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can We

A key difference between China and the US is that the Chinese government owns the majority of its banks. About 40% of the funding for its giant railway project comes from bonds issued by the Ministry of Railway, 10-20% comes from provincial and local governments, and the remaining 40-50% is provided by loans from federally-owned banks and financial institutions. Like private banks, state-owned banks simply create money as credit on their books. (More on this below.) The difference is that they return their profits to the government, making the loans interest-free; and the loans can be rolled over indefinitely. In effect, the Chinese government decides what work it wants done, draws on its own national credit card, pays Chinese workers to do it, and repays the loans with the proceeds.

May 16 14:03

Does This Chart Prove CHINA Near Recession? BIGGEST DROP Since Financial Crisis!

China has maintained a very large growth rate for a number of years. However, in recent times, we have witnessed a slowing down of the growth coming from China and this has been an effect felt across the world. Capital controls are extremely important here at this time.

May 16 13:13

China builds a new world in which *it* is the great power

Summary: US borrows trillions to wage war in foreign lands. China helps build other nations’ transportation infrastructure to connect them for mutual trade. Which program will work better? Their secret advantage over America is seen in every day’s news headlines.

May 16 11:17

Is China Intentionally Making It Harder To Manipulate Gold?

A new gold futures contract is being introduced by the Hong Kong Futures Exchange (two contracts actually). The two contracts will be physically settled $US and CNH (offshore renminbi) gold futures contracts. The key to this contract is that it requires physical settlement of the underlying gold, which is a 1 kilo gold bar.

The difference between this contract and the Comex gold futures contract is that Comex contract allows cash (dollar aka fiat currency) settlement. The Comex does not require physical settlement. In fact, there are provisions in the Comex contract that enable the short-side of the trade to settle in cash or GLD shares even if the long-side demands physical gold as settlement.

May 16 09:53

Facial recognition installed in female university dormitory in China – to keep out ‘strangers’

ne of China’s top universities has installed facial recognition in a female dormitory to ensure the building is off limits to non-residents.

The scanners were introduced by Beijing Normal University last month over security concerns, and will be rolled out to another nine female dormitory buildings if they prove successful.

Facial recognition is becoming increasingly common in China, where it has been installed in ATM machines, KFC restaurants and even public toilets, as a means of clamping down on loo-roll theft.

May 16 09:23

Flashback: Bill Clinton gave China missile technology

With all this talk of Russians allegedly interfering in U.S. elections, it is worth recalling that it wasn’t too long ago that the previous Democrat in the White House betrayed America by working hand in hand with our Communist enemies in mainland China.

As president, Bill Clinton essentially wiped out any strategic advantage the U.S. had by selling advanced U.S. missile technology to our enemy, the People’s Republic of China.

That “administration’s voluntary release of all the secrets of America’s nuclear tests, combined with the systematic theft of the secrets that were left as a result of its lax security controls, effectively wiped out America’s technological edge,” David Horowitz writes in the recently published, The Black Book of the American Left Volume 7: The Left in Power: Clinton to Obama.

May 16 09:06

'White Left' Becomes Popular New Insult In China For Mocking Naive Leftists

Much like "cuck" became the new buzzword of the right over the last two years, the "most popular derogatory slur" online in China is "Baizuo," which literally means the "white left."

May 15 12:38

Are You Ready to Die? — Paul Craig Roberts

If you convince someone that you are going to kill them, they are going to kill you first. A government, such as what exists in Washington, that convinces powerful countries that they are targeted, is a government that has no respect whatsoever for the lives of its own people or the peoples of the world or for any life on planet Earth. Such a government as Washington is evil beyond all measure, as are the media whores and European, Canadian, Australian, and Japanese vassal states that serve Washington at the expense of their own citizens.

May 15 09:09

Scandal At China's Grand Silk Road Summit As India Skips, Warns Of "Unsustainable Debt"

It was supposed to be China's day of celebrating massive infrastructure spending for the sake of spending (read ghost towns, only now outside China's borders) as Xi Jinping pledged $124 billion on Sunday for his new Silk Road plan to forge "a path of peace, inclusiveness and free trade" while calling for the abandonment of old models based on rivalry and diplomatic power games. However, it did not go quite as smoothly as expected.

May 15 08:01

Russia, Turkey and China Mean to Plot the Globalist Revival of the Silk Road

This Sunday saw the coming together of Russia’s Putin, Turkey’s Erdogan and China’s Xi Jinping to hammer out the details of the latest Globalist adventure. They want to use the Silk Road as a transcontinental free trade zone that they suggest will benefit corporations and national economies worldwide. But the reality is that this is just another TTP, and its aim is to enforce corporate interest on Sovereign States.

May 14 12:13

The Man in Seat 61... : A ride on the Trans-Mongolian Express Moscow to Beijing by train

This is an account of a Moscow to Beijing journey on Trans-Siberian train number 4, the weekly Chinese train from the Russian to the Chinese capital via Mongolia. For an account of the Moscow to Vladivostok journey, see here.

Day 1, evening: Yaroslavski station, Moscow. Trans-Siberian trains leave from this distinctive station in central Moscow. Train 4 to Beijing leaves Moscow Tuesday nights.

Train 4 is a Chinese train, each carriage proudly displaying a destination board marked "Moscow-Ulan Bator-Beijing". You'll find plenty of westerners on board, with a party atmosphere all the way. There'll be plenty of Chinese, Russians & Poles to meet, too.

May 11 20:02

US intelligence director warns of more Russian cyberthreats

The director of national intelligence says Russia and other countries, including China, North Korea and Iran, are using cyberspace to target US and its allies, and will do so in future.
The Senate intelligence committee is holding a hearing on worldwide threats, and intelligence director Dan Coats says Russia is a threat to US government, military, diplomatic, business and critical infrastructure.

May 11 09:20

CHINA IS ON TRACK TO FULLY PHASE OUT CASH - CHINA WAS THE 1ST COUNTRY TO INTRODUCE PAPER MONEY

Of China's 1.35 billion population, 710 million are internet users. The results of a survey by the Beijing Youth Daily newspaper released in March found that, like Xu, 70 percent of internet users polled thought carrying cash was not necessary.

The apps fuelling this cashless trend are Tencent's WeChat and Alibaba's Alipay. Launched in 2011, WeChat is a multi-function app based around a messaging system that incorporates WhatsApp and Twitter-like elements. The app is phenomenally popular in China—the majority of WeChat's roughly 889 million monthly-active users worldwide are based in the People's Republic. Chinese users of apps like WeChat tend to not be put off by the personal data storing and sharing that goes on in them. Snooping by authorities is pretty much accepted.

May 11 08:58

North Korea crisis: China amasses new anti-warship missiles as WW3 tensions continue

Sino-US tensions over disputed territory in the South China Sea, along with sabre-rattling from North Korea which is mostly backed by China, have seen tensions in the region rise dramatically recently.

The situation has also been enflamed by US President Donald Trump sending the aircraft carrier the Carl Vinson, along with an armada of warships to the region to undergo military drills in the area.

Images of the Yulin naval base, located on Hainan Island of the hotly disputed islands off southern China close to Vietnam, now appear to show Beijing has stock-piled a range of land-base missile launchers that have the capability of reaching and knocking out the US military vessels.

May 11 08:53

China's manned moon trip: Chinese volunteers to live in simulated space cabin for up to 200 days

China, which aims to become a global power in space exploration, is testing space cabin for astronauts to stay on the moon for extended periods.
As part of Beijing's plan to put people on the moon in the next two decades, Chinese volunteers will live in a simulated space cabin for up to 200 days.

May 11 07:38

Syria says up to 5,000 Chinese Uighurs fighting in militant groups

Up to 5,000 ethnic Uighurs from China’s violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang are fighting in various militant groups in Syria, the Syrian ambassador to China said on Monday, adding that Beijing should be extremely concerned about it. China is worried that Uighurs, a mostly Muslim people who speak a Turkic language, have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for militants there, having travelled illegally via Southeast Asia and Turkey.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the killing of a Chinese hostage in 2015, highlighting China’s concern about Uighurs it says are fighting in the Middle East. Hundreds of people have been killed in Xinjiang in the past few years, most in unrest between Uighurs and ethnic majority Han Chinese. The government blames the unrest on militants who want a separate state called East Turkestan.

May 10 13:45

China Warns Washington Its Latest Missile Can Sink A US Aircraft Carrier

China recently tested a new, advanced type of guided missile in the sea near the Korean peninsula, the Chinese defense ministry said Tuesday cited by the Times of India, just as South Korea concluded its presidential elections amid rising regional tensions. The test in the Bohai Sea was conducted to “raise the operational capability of the armed forces and effectively respond to threats to national security,” the ministry said in a brief statement. The statement did not say when the launch took place, only that it happened “recently”, nor did it give any details about the missile nor the type of platform from which it was launched.

May 10 11:24

S. Korea's new president willing to visit rival North

New South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday he was open to visiting rival North Korea under the right conditions to talk about Pyongyang's aggressive pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles.

Moon's softer stance on North Korea could create friction with Washington, which has swung from threats of military action to hints of dialogue as it seeks to formulate a policy under President Donald Trump.

Moon, speaking during his oath of office as the first liberal leader in a decade, also said he'll "sincerely negotiate" with the United States, Seoul's top ally, and China, South Korea's top trading partner, over the contentious deployment of an advanced U.S. missile-defense system in southern South Korea. The system has angered Beijing, which says its powerful radars allow Washington to spy on its own military operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These statements and sentiments will be characterized by the American Deep State as "double plus ungood", and not the outcome they had wanted, particularly in light of the following:

New South Korean President wants to resolve THAAD issue through negotiations with China and US

So, what should be celebrated as a breath of fresh air for both North and South Korea, is most probably being viewed as an horrendous turn of events by the ever war-centric creatures in the bowels of power in the Unhinged States of America.

The question is, what are they actually willing to do about it, short of a decap strike against South Korean President Moon Jae-in, or a false flag, to be blamed on North Korea?!?

Unfortunately, this move in a peaceful direction by President Moon may well be thwarted by the American Deep State; it is a matter of when, and how, and tensions on the Korean peninsula will most probably be kept artificially high, courtesy of the US government, to achieve their goals, if possible.

May 10 09:44

Satellite Images: Beijing Installing Missile Systems on South China Sea Islands

Satellite images captured on Monday show Chinese military installments being placed on a crucial islet in the contested waterway.

May 09 15:34

OH GOSH: TRUMP JUST SENT A NASTY SURPRISE TO CHINA THAT COULD OBLITERATE THEM

There had been this nasty rumor by the Democrats that he was backing off China and the South China Sea. What they said is Not True. President Trump just sent something right south of China that could literally obliterate them…

May 08 12:31

1st Large Chinese-Made Passenger Jet C919 Takes Flight

The Chinese COMAC C919 airplane, which seeks to challenge the market dominance of the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, has made its maiden flight.

May 08 08:26

Chinese-North Korean Venture Shows How Much Sanctions Can Miss

For most of the past decade, a Chinese state-owned company had a joint venture with a North Korean company under sanctions for involvement in Pyongyang’s atomic-weapons program, Chinese corporate and government records show.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All US sanctions do is cut off the targeted countries from doing business with the US and its allies. But this simply drives the targeted countries into the Russian and Chinese spheres of influence while harming US/western economic activity!

May 07 19:09

CHINA ISSUES UNHEARD-OF ORDERS TO CITIZENS NEAR BORDER... HISTORIC

In an unheard-of move, the Chinese Embassy in North Korea urged Korean-Chinese residents to return home over rising tensions between the the North and the United States.

May 07 07:36

Kushner family sells $500,000 'investor visa' to rich Chinese at Beijing ballroom event

The Kushner family came to the United States as refugees, worked hard and made it big - and if you invest in Kushner properties, so can you.

That was the message delivered Saturday by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's sister to a ballroom full of wealthy Chinese investors, renewing questions about the Kushner family's business ties to China.

Over several hours of slide shows and presentations, representatives from the Kushner family business urged Chinese citizens gathered at the Ritz-Carlton hotel to consider investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a New Jersey real estate project to secure what's known as an investor visa.

The EB-5 immigrant investor visa program, which allows foreign investors to invest in US projects that create jobs and then apply to immigrate, has been used by both the Trump and Kushner family businesses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but this screams blatant "conflict of interest", and using the power of Trump's presidency for personal financial gain.

May 06 11:54

Kushner family sells $500,000 'investor visa' to rich Chinese at Beijing ballroom event

The Kushner family came to the United States as refugees, worked hard and made it big - and if you invest in Kushner properties, so can you. That was the message delivered Saturday by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's sister to a ballroom full of wealthy Chinese investors, renewing questions about the Kushner family's business ties to China.

May 06 08:39

C919 jet set for maiden flight, in test of China's aviation ambitions

China's home-grown C919 passenger jet is set to take to the skies on its long-delayed maiden flight on Friday, a major step for Beijing as it looks to boost its profile in the global aviation market.

May 05 23:30

Sauron Rules in Washington

A reader asked why neoconservatives push toward nuclear war when there can be no winners. If all die, what is the point?

Their insane plan is as follows: Washington will ring Russia and China with anti-ballistic missile bases in order to provide a shield against a retaliatory strike from Russia and China. Moreover, these US anti-ABM bases also can deploy nuclear attack missiles unknown to Russia and China, thus reducing the warning time to five minutes, leaving Washington’s victims little or no time in which to make a decision.

It is Washington that wants to snuff out human morality and beome the master of the planet. As I have previously written, Washington without any question is Sauron. The only important question is whether there is sufficient good left in the world to resist and overcome Washington’s evil.

May 05 19:08

China's 'One Belt, One Road' project causing anxiety: US

There is no change in the US' policy towards Beijing on the South China Sea dispute and use of force and coercion by China in the region cannot be accepted at all, a top American Naval Commander said today.
Indicating concern over China bolstering its naval prowess, US Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott, here to explore ways to boost Indo-US naval ties, also said China's 'One Belt, One Road' project has caused "anxiety" in the region.

May 05 13:06

Experts Predict : The Imminent Economic Collapse ~ China Debt Bubble Out Of Control ~ Things You Should Do To Prepare

Today, millions of Americans say that they believe that the United States is on the verge of a major economic collapse and will soon be entering another big stock market crash and Great Depression.

May 05 11:05

China FinMin Unexpectedly Skips Asian Trade Summit To Attend "Emergency Meeting"

Coming a time when traders and analysts are looking with growing concerns toward Beijing, riddled by deja vu memories of the China-induced near-bear market of 2016 when in a similar episode China's credit impulse tumbled - something which even Pimco highlighted earlier this week, when it reposted a chart first shown here in February...

... worries that not all may be well in China - for the second time in two years - grew this morning after the country's Finance Minister, Xiao Jie, unexpectedly skipped a summit conference with his Japanese and South Korean peers on Friday to attend an "emergency domestic meeting", a senior Japanese finance ministry official said quoted by Reuters. The official told reporters during a ministry press briefing that Xiao's absence was not related to any diplomatic matters, adding that Xiao was expected to attend the Japan-China finance dialogue in Japan scheduled for Saturday. He did not elaborate on the nature of the minister's emergency meeting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if this reflects a genuine economic problem for China; economic sabotage against it; or perhaps that sickening, sure and certain knowledge that those in the American Deep State are contemplating a first-strike nuclear assault against it, and that is why the THAAD system has been deployed in South Korea?!?

May 05 10:52

What the North Korean “Crisis” is Really About. Pretext to Nuke Both Russia and China?

So what is the demonization of N. Korea by the presstitutes and Trump administration about?

It is about the same thing that the demonization of Iran was about. The “Iranian threat” was an orchestration that was used as cover to put US anti-ballistic missile bases on Russia’s borders. An anti-ballistic missile (ABM) is intended to intercept and destroy nuclear-armed ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles) and prevent them from reaching their targets.

Washington claimed that the anti-ABM bases were not directed at Russia, but were for the protection of Europe against Iran’s nuclear ICBMs. Insouciant Americans might have believed this, but the Russians surely did not as Iran has neither ICBMs nor nuclear weapons. The Russian government has made it clear that Russia understands the US bases are directed at preventing a Russian retaliation against a Washington first strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For many years now, I have been utterly appalled at the quality of thinking from the American deep state and government, no matter who allegedly "runs" the country (and after President Trump's flipflops, I can assure you, it is NOT our President).

It's like that dream of a slo-mo train wreck, from which I cannot awaken.

But to even be contemplating a nuclear first-strike against both Russia and China is horrifically, insanely hubristic in a way I cannot even begin to articulate.

And to the Russian and Chinese governments: thinking, moral Americans would never, ever want such a war to happen. Please understand that the American people no longer control their own destinies, but those destinies are, in large part,scripted by the American Deep State, where "Hegemony Uber Alles" rules supreme, no matter how many people on the planet will get killed or maimed for life in such a war.

Unfortunately, as has been borne out by history, just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it.

May 05 09:57

US House Bill on Port Controls Amounts to ‘Declaration of War’ against Russia

A US House of Representatives bill establishing control over the Russian Far East ports envisions a show of force and thus amounts to a declaration of war, the chairman of the Russian upper house of parliament’s international committee told Sputnik.

“This bill, I hope will never be implemented because its implementation envisions a scenario of power with forced inspections of all vessels by US warships,” Konstantin Kosachev said Friday.

His comments follow the reported passage on Thursday of a House bill enhancing sanctions against North Korea, outlining “inspection authorities” over Chinese, Iranian, Syrian and Russian ports. The latter include the ports of Nakhodka, Vanino and Vladivostok.

“Such a power scenario is beyond comprehension, because it means a declaration of war,” Kosachev underscored.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, Kosachev's assessment is absolutely correct here.

May 05 09:07

US House Bill on Port Controls Amounts to 'Declaration of War' - Russian Senator

A US House of Representatives bill establishing control over the Russian Far East ports envisions a show of force and thus amounts to a declaration of war, the chairman of the Russian upper house of parliament's international committee told Sputnik.

"This bill, I hope will never be implemented because its implementation envisions a scenario of power with forced inspections of all vessels by US warships," Konstantin Kosachev said Friday.

His comments follow the reported passage on Thursday of a House bill enhancing sanctions against North Korea, outlining "inspection authorities" over Chinese, Iranian, Syrian and Russian ports. The latter include the ports of Nakhodka, Vanino and Vladivostok.

May 04 15:17

War Of Words Escalates: China Blasts "Hyper-Aggressive" North Korea's "Irrational Logic"

The last few days have seen the unprecedented war of words between China and North Korea escalate dramatically. Following China's non-veiled final threats of sanctions (or oil embargoes) unless North Korea de-escalates with US (and embassy calls for Chinese citizens to return home from North Korea), North Korea struck back with claims of "betrayal" and threats of "grave consequences," The Global Times, published by the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, then hit back on Thursday, dismissing Pyongyang’s broadside as a “hyper-aggressive” move motivated by “nationalist passion” and “irrational logic”.

Analysts said that although North Korea constantly engaged in sabre-rattling with Washington and Seoul, it usually held off from direct verbal attacks on Beijing, its traditional diplomatic and economic backer.

They said the escalating rhetoric between the two neighbours showed Beijing’s “strategic patience” with Pyongyang was rapidly running out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A Chinese oil embargo could absolutely cripple the DPRK's economy, and nearly overnight.

May 04 10:50

China Reportedly Issues Final Warning To North Korea

With President Trump placing his faith in China’s ability to keep its neighbor under control – through threats, promises, or oil embargoes – it appears, according to unconfirmed rumors spreading widely on Chinese social media Tuesday, that North Korea just got its final warning.

May 04 09:01

Korean for Soldiers: Chinese Troops Taught to Say ‘Don’t Move Or I’ll Shoot’

Japanese media reported Tuesday that troops from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) stationed near the North Korean border are being taught key phrases in Korean, in case people the from the North attempt to cross the border during an attack from the US.

May 04 08:51

Kyle Bass Warns "All Hell Is About To Break Loose" In China

China's credit system expanded "too recklessly and too quickly," and "it's beginning to unravel," warns Hayman Capital's Kyle Bass.

Crucially, Bass notes that ballooning assets in Chinese wealth management products are another sign of a looming credit crisis in the nation.

"Some of the longer-term assets aren't doing very well," Bass said on Bloomberg TV from the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California. "As soon as liabilities have problems - meaning the depositors decide to not roll their holdings - all hell breaks loose."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Real economics, or economic warfare?

May 04 08:39

China's Plan To Subvert The Global Dollar Standard

Why Gold Is Central to China’s Future Trade-Settlement Policy

China’s challenge is the yuan as a purely fiat currency will take decades to replace the dollar, possibly never. And that assumes that China follows more stable monetary policies than the US. This has not been the case since the Lehman crisis, with China’s M2 broad money quantity expanding rapidly, accounting for much of the world’s monetary growth in recent years. The rate of monetary expansion is criticized as a dangerous credit bubble by western analysts, who are quick to condone monetary expansion in their own developed nations, but turn into hard-core monetarist critics over China. No, China will never replace the dollar with her own currency without a golden guarantee.

Therefore, China needs to deploy gold to displace the dollar. This might be done in one of two ways, one encouraging markets to evolve away from dollars toward gold, or alternatively by the state forcing the pace.

May 04 07:53

China urges all sides in North Korea standoff to 'stop irritating' one another

China on Wednesday urged all parties in the Korean standoff to stay calm and "stop irritating each other," a day after North Korea said the United States was pushing the region to the brink of nuclear war.

North Korea's state media published a rare, strong, criticism of China on Wednesday, saying Chinese state media commentaries calling for tougher sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear program were undermining relations with Beijing and worsening tensions.

The United States has urged China, North Korea's only major ally, to do more to rein in its neighbor's nuclear and missile programs, which have prompted an assertive response from the Trump administration, warning that an "era of strategic patience" is over.

May 04 07:52

China gets rare rebuke from North Korea for 'betrayal'

North Korea's official news agency leapt into overdrive Wednesday, accusing Chinese politicians and journalists of fomenting trouble and outright "betrayal."

"China should no longer recklessly try to test the limitations of our patience," said the commentary released by the rogue state's Korean Central News Agency.

KCNA added, "We have so devotedly helped the Chinese revolution and suffered enormous damage." It said China has regularly "infringed upon the strategic interests" in becoming closer to the U.S. and thus committed a "betrayal" in the process.

May 03 09:28

China Warns its Citizens in North Korea to Leave as Conflict with US Looms

Fearing a possible US attack on North Korea, Beijing is urging its citizens there to return, as Pyongyang continues its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests.

May 03 08:42

BOOM! ON TRUMP'S 100TH DAY, CHINA MAKES MASSIVE MOVE THAT'S TURNING HEADS

A Houston woman detained by China in 2015 arrived back in the United States on Friday after the Trump administration negotiated for her release. Phan Phan-Gillis, also knows as Sandy Phan-Gillis, had been charged as a spy, a claim she and her family denied. Although the Obama administration protested that charge in 2015, she was held until this week.

May 03 08:38

Donald Trump's pick for China Ambassador promises to mend US-Sino ties

US President Donald Trump's pick for Ambassador to China ,Terry Branstad, expressed confidence to take ties between Washington and Beijing in a positive direction.
Branstad promised to take a firm stand with Beijing on issues pertaining to North Korea nuclear programme, trade disputes and human rights.

May 02 12:49

Myanmar Oil & Gas Pipeline To China Opens While Saudi Arabia Radicalizes Nearby Bangladesh & Indonesia

China currently imports 50% of its oil from the Middle East, which currently passes through the narrow Strait of Malacca between Indonesia and Malaysia and could be easily blockaded by the U.S. if it so wished.
Japan, South Korea and Taiwan also import most of their oil and gas using the same route.

May 02 11:30

America’s Financial War Strategy

The three theatres of war that offer the best prospects for further escalation are Syria, Korea, and Iran. They are in two regions where significant quantities of dollars are owned and invested, offering the potential for capital flight, which should be kept in mind, when reading this article.

Trump is also seeking congressional approval for an increase in defence spending totaling $54bn, a massive increase which, to put it in perspective, compares with Russia’s total defence budget of $66bn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Karl Marx observed that all wars are economic in nature, he was as serious as is a heart attack.

Major-General Liang's analysis appears to be bang spot-on here.

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